Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

Editor: Robert D. Sampson


Current Volume: 116 (2023)
Issued quarterly (Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter)
ISSN: 1522-1067
eISSN: 2328-3335


The Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society (JISHS), established in 1908, is the scholarly publication of the Illinois State Historical Society, a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, and publishing the latest research about the Prairie State. The peer-reviewed Journal welcomes articles, essays, and documents about history, literature, art technology, law, and other subjects related to Illinois and the Midwest.


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Robert D. Sampson

Retired, Millikin University, Decatur

Contributing Editor

William Furry

Illinois State Historical Society, Springfield

PO Box 1800 

Springfield, IL 62705-1800

Book Review Editor

Timothy D. Draper

Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove

Editorial Advisory Board

  • Xóchitl Bada, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Terry Barnhart, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
  • Robert I. Girardi, Civil War Round Table, Company of Military Historians, Chicago
  • Greg Hall, Western Illinois University, Macomb
  • Kristin Hoganson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Matthew Holden, Jr., University of Illinois at Springfield
  • Robert D. Johnston, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Theodore J. Karamanski, Loyola University Chicago
  • Ann Durkin Keating, North Central College, Naperville
  • Arthur Martin, Jenner & Block, LLP, Chicago
  • Robert McColley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Kathryn J. Oberdeck, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Dominic Pacyga, Columbia College, Chicago  
  • Robert Paulett, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
  • Shirley J. Portwood, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
  • Barbara Posadas, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb
  • Touré F. Reed, Illinois State University, Normal
  • Debra Reid, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
  • Stacey Robertson, Bradley University, Peoria
  • David W. Scott, Chair, Publications Committee, Illinois State Historical Society, Springfield
  • Amy Tyson, Depaul University, Chicago


Executive Director
William Furry 

Office Manager
Mary Lou Johnsrud

Clerical Support
Amanda Titsworth 

Development Officer
Tara Winter 

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PDFs are permitted and issued for the following:

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We welcome essays, articles, and documents about Illinois, or its Midwest region. Studies about literature, art, technology, law, or other subjects are also welcome.

Authors should follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. (University of Chicago Press) or imitate notes in this journal; use endnotes. Authors who desire illustrations should provide them; authors are solely responsible for obtaining any rights or permissions to reproduce. Articles average 12,000 words (including notes) but we have accepted articles from 4,000 to 15,000 words.

The journal prefers to work with electronic files of manuscripts. Please submit your manuscript via email to Dr. Robert D. Sampson, Editor, at

Send books for review to Dr. Timothy Draper; Book Review Editor, JISHS; Waubonsee Community College; Sugar Grove, Illinois, 60563;

Articles appearing in the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society are abstracted and indexed in both Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life. The Journal is a member of the Conference of Historical Journals.

Neither the editors nor the Illinois State Historical Society assume any responsibility for statements, whether of fact or opinion, made by contributors. This Journal uses single-blind peer-review.

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